Monday, 5 January 2015

Edinburgh Unseen


Way back at the beginning of November my Mam, Dad and I took a family trip on the train up to Edinburgh. Berwick (where we live) is slap bang in the middle of both Newcastle and Edinburgh, which are only 45 minutes away on the train, but seeing as most of the family live in the 'Toon' and I have just moved away from there, it's a nice little escape to head North for a change.
We weren't exactly sure what we were gonna do for the day apart from grabbing an early train and getting there before the crowds came out. After a quick peek in a couple of stores that were open we headed to the far end of Princes Street and entered the gardens from a side I'd never explored before. Here are my photos from that walk.





As we reached the famous fountain the park was still dead to the world (and very hard to photograph in the late autumn/early winter, drizzly overcast-ness). It's hard to believe that, seeing as I've been to Edinburgh a canny few times in my life time, I have never actually walked up the front of the hill to the castle - until now - and goodness that was an experience! haha With a Mam scared of heights and me with silly asthma we were happy to reach the top. The views weren't a disappointment though might I add! 






Although we didn't actually get to go in and explore the castle itself on this occasion, we did spend a little time admiring the view, taking photos and reading all of the memorials etc. I'm looking forward to visiting again this year and hopefully getting to take lots of photos from inside the doors! I love a good castle haha. I'll leave you with the last few photos, and will be back in the next few weeks with the rest of the photos from our day including inside Camera Obscura!







The photo directly above was actually taken from the top of Camera Obscura itself. Such an amazing view. Have you been to Edinburgh before? Where is you favorite place to go? And if you've been inside the castle are photos permitted? haha


30 comments:

  1. The Castle is definitely on my list now! I've been once to the Edinburgh Tattoo but never explored in the day. As always your photography is stunning and makes me want to go right now! Look forward to seeing what the rest of the day had in store.
    Kate xx

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    1. Thank you very much indeed! I hope you get to go and explore soon! I was lucky to go in November when it was quieter because it's quick the busy tourist city in the summer!

      xo

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  2. Love Edinburgh so much but only been the once since living in the North, I definitely need to go back again this year.

    If you can get a good clear day my favourite thing to do is climb up Arthur's Seat. It's challenging but very do-able and the views are so amazing :)

    Chloe x
    newgirlintoon.co.uk

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    1. Ah you for sure need to go back! I need to get up a few times this year too as there are loads of places, like Arthur's Seat, that I've explored when I was younger and would love to share on the blog.

      xo

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  3. Lovely photos :) Edinburgh is such a beautiful city x

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  4. I've never been to Edinburgh but it looks beautiful! The dog statue is adorable, and that black and white photo of the castle on the hill is stunning! It looks so enchanting, like something out of a storybook :D

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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    1. It's a must visit city in the UK for sure. Have you ever heard the story of Grayfriars Bobby? Its a lovely story and you can visit the graveyard too. Thanks Jordan!

      xo

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  5. Your photographs are jaw dropping. I am so jealous! It looks like such a beautiful place :)

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    1. You are too lovely! They really aren't all that! haha Edinburgh is a fab city.

      xo

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  6. I hope to someday visit Edinburgh, it just looks so amazing! Seeing these photos makes me kind of feel like I've just been there, only without having to deal with the cold!

    www.hayleyeszti.com

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    1. Good to hear haha, it really is awesome. So much to see and do and some lovely places to stay!
      That is such an amazing compliment - stop being so lovely! haha

      xo

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  7. I've never had a chance to go to Edinburgh although it's easily on the list of places I want to go to! I miss the colours of Autumn too.

    Nice catch with that little bird there!

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    1. Woohoo! Have you been anywhere in Scotland? If you do go, go in October/November! It was so much more fun with less tourists and the autumn leaves :)

      Thank you!

      xo

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  8. I love Edinburgh but I have not been for a while.The Camera Obscura is always a fun thing to do. :)

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    1. Isn't it?! I can't believe in all the years I've been going I'd never heard of it.

      xo

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  9. What beautiful photographs, Danielle! You've really captured that cold, wintery magic of Edinburgh. I go to Edinburgh fairly regularly but I haven't been inside the castle for years - perhaps I should add it to my New Year's resolutions! I'm afraid I can't remember if you can take photographs inside or not, but I imagine you can.

    x

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    1. Aw bless you Charlene, thank you. I know lots of people usually head to Edinburgh for Winter Wonderland and Hogmanay but I prefer it went its quiet. The royal mile, Arthurs seat, Grayfriars graveyard, Mary Kings Close! Love it all.
      We should for sure go together! ;)

      xo

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  10. Beautiful photos Danielle - I love the shot of the crow! Edinburgh is a place which I really need to visit, it looks stunning from the photos you'e put up here. - Tasha xxx

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    1. Thank you very much! I love Crows, they are so intelligent...thought I did get some funny looks for talking to him!

      xo

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  11. What a pretty place in the city. My brother and his wife have been up to Edinburgh a few times but I never have. Love the statue of Burn :) x

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    1. Haven't you? Oh it's really lovely, so many things to see and do. :D

      xo

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  12. We are so lucky to live in striking distance of Edinburgh, it's such a beautiful city. We visited in December and had the most magical time. I usually pop into the gardens to see if I can spot any squirrels but I think they must have gone to sleep for the winter, very sensible! I can't wait to see your camera obscura photos, I've never been but it's on my list!

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    1. Ah really?! Perfect for you to have a weekend trip to Camera Obscura then ;). I have never seen any squirrels in Edinburgh in yeaaarrs but I'd love to - I hand fed one in Scarborough a couple years back.

      xo

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  13. I do love Edinburgh, I'd quite happily live there (or just outside) if I could but the other half reckons it's too cold!
    All the years I've been there though, I've never explored the gardens that much (or been inside the Castle), this year we're spending a whole week there though so we'll have more time to do lots of exploring :-) xx

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    1. Oh yes, it's far too cold to live there! haha
      Ah wow, so maybe a trip to the castle will be on the cards? I'll be looking out for the photos ;)

      xo

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  14. The castle is SO beautiful. And big. Wow! Love love love it. Are there tunnels inside the castle?

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    1. Isn't it lovely?! I love a good castle haha. I have no idea what's inside...but will hopefully take another trip in the coming months and find out.

      xo

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  15. Ooh you got some fab pictures! I never knew Berwick was so handy for both cities, I'm sorta jealous of your convenient location! :)

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    1. Thank you!! Yeah, it's apparently actually a tiny bit closer to Edinburgh than Newcastle but it is handy indeed and alot better than living in the city :)

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